Comparing Sailor Souten with Sailor Sky High

Sailor Souten and Sailor Sky High

I plan to do a more in-depth look at Sailor Souten, but we were talking yesterday about how it compares to Sailor Jentle Sky High, and here’s a quick look at just that.

Sky High is my favorite Sailor ink, and one of my all-around favorite blue inks. It’s just a nice, cheery blue, with great shading, and uncomplicated behavior. It even has nice red sheen for sheen fans.

But when Sailor discontinued Sky High, that was fine with me. I had a bottle, and I have a lot of blue inks. If I ever used up my Sky High, I’d be left with only 943 other blue inks. Not a tragedy.

But Sailor did bring out Sailor Jentle Four Seasons Souten, and I was given a sample, and eventually bought a bottle. I’ve been using both together for the past few weeks, to evaluate Souten and compare the two.

Sailor Souten and Sailor Sky High

I don’t think they are identical. I think Souten may be very slightly darker than Sky High. Maybe I’m wrong about that, but I am certain that any differences are slight. (I’ve also done paper towel chromatography.) To me, Souten is essentially the same as Sky High.

Here’s a writing sample. Souten is the first ink and Sky High the second in each pair

Sailor Souten and Sailor Sky High writing sample comparisons

I’ve mostly been writing with both inks in Lamy Safaris with broad nibs. Those are dry pens. Here’s a closeup.

Sailor Souten and Sailor Sky High writing sample comparisons

I also tried the two inks in Edison pens with identical 14k medium nibs. Those are wet writers.

Sailor Souten and Sailor Sky High writing sample comparisons

Sky High still looks just a bit lighter to me, after using them for weeks in the same pens on many different papers. But the two inks share the same hue, the same degree of shading and sheen and the same excellent behavior.

I was happy to buy a bottle of Souten. Sky High is a favorite, and I’m pretty sure I won’t even notice the difference.

4 thoughts on “Comparing Sailor Souten with Sailor Sky High

  1. As always, great pictures! Thank you very much for your effort in these! I appreciate it. Really great comparison, and I think I’ll put it on my list of future to-get inks. Not just now, I have a few in that color range already I want to use up first, but I certainly will be keeping this one in mind!

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  2. Laura, thank you so much for the comparison. They are very close indeed. That settles it, I am going to get a Souten sample in the future. I am a shading fanatic. The more intense the shading, the better. It doesn’t have to have shading, but almost all of my ink does. If the color is unique, and well behaved, I can do without shading. The Sky High seems to shade better than Souten a little to me, but there was a time or two I saw Souten shade better. I think that depends on the pen, paper, and pressure too. I normally write fast in cursive, and some inks make you slow way down if you want to see any shading, especially if it isn’t on Tomoe River paper. (Black Swan in Australian Roses comes to mind) I am so tickled to find this site. I have really enjoyed viewing it. Thanks for all the hard work.

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